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Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant - The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant provides undergraduate tuition assistance to students older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who are the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. The veteran must have died or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of military service. Valued up to $2,800 per year.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship - MCS program is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degrees at an approved Michigan postsecondary institution. Students must demonstrate both financial need and merit. Eligible applicants must achieve a qualifying ACT score prior to entering college. Valued up to $1,000 per year.


Michigan Fostering Futures Scholarship - The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides scholarships to students who have experienced foster care in Michigan on or after age 13.  Students must also demonstrate financial need to qualify. Eligible seniors must apply by June 30. Valued up to $3,000 per year.

Michigan Police Officer's and Fire Fighter's Survivor Tuition - Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Survivor Tuition Act provides for the waiver of tuition at a Michigan community college or public university for children and surviving spouses of Michigan police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty. The program is intended to provide an educational benefit to the spouse and children of police officers and fire fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities and the citizens of Michigan. Valued up to a full waiver of tuition. 

Michigan TIP Scholarship - The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing tuition assistance during an eligible student’s qualifying certificate or associate degree program and also during the student’s bachelor’s degree program.

  • Student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period between the ages of nine and high school graduation.

  • Complete the TIP application no later than August 31 of the academic year in which the student graduates from high school or its recognized equivalent.

  • Obtain a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent prior to age 20.​​

  • Students who attend a state-approved Early/Middle College have until age 21 to graduate and complete a TIP application.

Year Round/Seasonal Scholarships:


Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation - Career & Technical Education Scholarships: This scholarship opportunity is for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training, trade school, community college, or four-year university. The CTE scholarship application is available all year and applications are processed every month. The entire process will take at least 5 weeks.

Digital Responsibility - 4 x Essay Scholarship Contests Year-round: This scholarship is open to students in 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Graders! Applicants must write a 500-1000 word theme essay focusing on "taking control of your digital life". 4 Annual Quarterly Sessions & Topics: January 30 = Technology Addiction Awareness, April 30 = E-waste, June 30 = Digital Privacy, and September 30 = Don't Text and Drive. Valued at $1,000 each.

Writers' Square - 3 x Essay Contests Year-round: This scholarship is open to students in 1st-12th graders! Applicants must write a 1000-word theme essay. Requirements vary by school grade level. 3 Annual Sessions & Topics: March 31 = Happiness, June 30 = Fairness, and September 30 = Greatness. Valued between $100-$700 each.

Database FYI:


The below Annual Scholarship Database is our custom database focusing on our custom pick of opportunities that fit two categories:

  • National Essay/Speech/Video/Fine Art Contests and

  • Local/Regional/State Opportunities.


The majority of opportunities are for seniors preparing to graduate. Some scholarships include underclassmen which tend to be in the format of writing/speech/video/fine arts contests. 

Scholarships remain listed after the deadline passes. If you are interested in a scholarship not yet updated, we encourage you to investigate the previous year's application details. Although deadlines and theme-based scholarships will update annually, typically scholarship criteria rarely change. Investigating the process, especially for contest based opportunities, will give you a headstart in your preparation to apply. 

Scholarship updates are announced by the SSC using social media and the daily announcements. Students receive the daily announcement automatically each day through their OPS email account. Parents can sign up for the daily announcements by email too, start by going to our Plug In page. 

Annual Scholarship Database:

  • DEADLINE 10/5/2020 - AES Engineers Scholarship: $500 awarded to seniors attending a post-secondary school. 500-1000 word essay required. Character shown in the essay will play a key role in deciding the winner.

  • DEADLINE 10/16/2020 - Young Artists Award: Seniors interested in Dance, cinema, jazz, music photography, theater, visual arts, voice and or writing may apply.

  • DEADLINE 10/31/2020 - Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation$1,000 award to seniors. Requires transcript, information about your school, and an account of all participation in school and non-school related clubs, organizations, honors, awards, leadership, and volunteer work since freshman year.

  • DEADLINE 10/31/2020 - Gemm Learning-Dyslexia/Auditory Processing Disorder ScholarshipSeniors living with Dyslexia may apply. Requires 500-650 word essay on “Living With Dyslexia” or “Living With Auditory Processing Disorder”. Valued at $1,000.  

  • DEADLINE ​10/31/2020 - Voice of Democracy Annual Scholarship-"American History: Our Hope for the Future": 9th-12th Graders may apply to this theme based audio-recording essay competition. Requires application and 3-5 minute audio essay that meets the criteria of originality, content and delivery. Special accommodations available for applicants with hearing and speech disabilities. Application and essay recording must be delivered by midnight to a local VFW. Mrs. Pilon shows there is a local VFW Post #9455, 519 S Chipman St, Owosso, MI 48867. She suggests that applicants contact the local VFW Post #9455 to make official arrangements to hand off submissions to someone in authority to receive them, call (989) 723-8655. Valued as high as $30,000. 

  • DEADLINE 11/10/2020 - Prudential Spirit of the Community Award: Seniors who've made a difference by volunteering in their community over the past year may apply. Complete the application and the student/parent agreement. Requires a certifier. Go to the "Certification" page to email or print out instructions for your certifier. You must deliver these instructions to your certifier by November 8, 2016. Your certifier can be your school principal or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Your certifier has until November 18, 2016, to review applications online and select Local Honoree(s) from the applicants in your school or organization, and nominate them for state-level judging. Worth $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. ​

  • DEADLINE 11/15/2020 ​- Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Scholarship: Seniors may apply online-requires essay and teacher evaluation. 500 four-year scholarships will be awarded to the highest rated applicants. Finalists will attend a Leadership Weekend in Chicago. Value: First Place = $50,000 x 2; Second Place = $40,000 x 2; Third Place = $30,000 x 2; Fourth Place = $20,000 x 14; Runners Up = $4,000 x 480. ​

  • EXPIRED 12/2/2019 - CG Trader ScholarshipSeniors with a min 2.5 gpa may apply. Requires a 500 word essay on the topic “The future of technology in education”. Valued at $500 to $3,000. 

  • DEADLINE 12/31/2020 - The Free Speech Essay Contest: Juniors and Seniors can apply. Students must write an essay on the given topic and submit their application before the deadline. Valued at $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000. 

  • EXPIRED 1/4/2020 - GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship ProgramA $10,000 scholarship awarded to a student who demonstrates at school, workplace, and community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. Must have a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.

  • DEADLINE 1/20/2021 - Girls Impact the World Scholarship: All 9th-12th High School Students: Students must create a 3-5 minute video that creates awareness and focuses, for example, on solutions about why so few girls choose to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and why these fields are largely headed by men. Multiple topic ideas are available, please see website for complete guidelines. Here's a peek at 4 specific scholarship focuses all part of the same February 1st deadline and film festival. Click the links below for each highlighted topic.

    • "Girls in STEM" Prize: $1,000

    • "Global Impact" Prize: $2,500

    • ​"Green IS" Prize: $2,500

    • "Honest Beauty" Prize: 2,500

    • "Let Girls Learn" Prize: $1,000

    • "Stand Up Men"Award: 2,000

  • DEADLINE 1/31/2021 - Shiawassee Community Foundation (SCF): The SCF is a local area nonprofit organization that manages the application process for dozens of local and regional college fund offerings, such as memorial scholarships. ​​Value: Last year the SCF managed the collective distribution of $156,000 in scholarships to Shiawassee County area students.  Don’t miss out by waiting, this is not something you can speed through and below are some steps to begin to prepare. ​Carefully Fill Out Online Application + Finalize Your Uploads + Meet the Deadline = Opportunity for FREE $MONEY$ for College! 

           WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW & DO!

1. Learn How - The OHS Unique Application Instructions are Online at For the unique OHS applicant  instructions and link to application portal. Review Tutorial and Instruction Sheet.

2. Essay - Thoughtfully Write and Prepare Your Essay for Timely Upload

3. Recommendations - The Recommendation Request Forms in the SSC

4. Know Your Transcript Manager – The SCF Application Process Requires Entering the Name & Email of the OHS Transcript Manager. 

=>Name - “Mrs. Lisa Pilon”

=>Email - “”

  • EXPIRED ​2/15/2020 - The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan-Memorial Scholarship Application: Seniors *girls* applying meet the specific criteria as daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters of honorably discharged or deceased men or women veterans (see application for veteran details) may apply. Requires copy of veteran's discharge papers (review application for instructions on how to acquire such documents), letters of recommendation, transcript, Income Tax 1040 for previous year or FAFSA completion summary. Valued at $500.

  • EXPIRED 2/20/2020 - MEA Scholarship (Michigan Education Association): This scholarship is for seniors who are a dependent of MEA member or MEA-Retired member in good standing, will attend a post-secondary school as an undergraduate student of a Michigan public community/junior college, four-year degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a degree, certification or license. Those attending the following private institutions ONLY are also eligible: Baker College-Flint/Owosso; University of Detroit–Mercy; Adrian College; Finlandia University; and Albion College. (The aforementioned private institutions are existing local MEA affiliates.)  Note: Children of MEA officers, fund trustees, and MEA staff are not eligible. (A child of an MEA, MESSA or MEA-FS staff person is eligible if the other parent is an MEA member.) Priority is given on the basis of: ■ Academic achievement. ■ Extra-curricular activities. ■ School and community service. ■ Students from lower income households.​

  • EXPIRED 2/20/2020 - ​The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD)-Outstanding High School Student of the Year Scholarship: Graduating seniors with a 3.0+ gpa who are pursuing a career in engineering or the life sciences and serve as an active volunteer in the school or community. Requires submission of an application and a recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor. Scholarship valued at $2,000.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 2/21/2020 - St. Mary's of Michigan Foundation Scholarships: Multiple healthcare related scholarships are available to Michigan seniors each year through this foundation's scholarship programs. Requirements of 2.5+ GPA, entering a health care related field, and a resident of Michigan. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE ​3/1/2020 - GreenStone Farm Credit Scholarship: Seniors can apply who are planning to study an agriculture related field with a career in production agriculture or agribusiness. Requirements include a 3.0+ GPA; demonstrate participation and leadership in school; submit complete application with two letters of recommendation written by non-family members by published deadline; and Relatives (siblings, step-siblings, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews) of GreenStone Farm Credit Services board director and employees are not eligible to receive a scholarship. ​Valued at $1,000-2,000. (Note: At the time of this posting the 2019 application is inadvertently what's downloading. An application update request was submitted. We believe the application will likely be the same and the deadline-year may be all that needs updating.)

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/1/2020 - Life Happens-Life Lessons Scholarship: Qualifying seniors who've experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian can apply. Application requires a 500-word essay or 3-minute video discussing how the experience affected your life financially (college planning) and emotionally. Be sure to describe how the loss impacted your college plans, and explain how the lack of adequate life insurance coverage (or no coverage at all) impacted your family's financial situation. 40 winners will be chosen. Valued between $5,000 and $15,000 each award.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/1/2020 - Rosa L. Parks Michigan Scholarship: The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to awarding scholarships to Michigan high school seniors who hold close to Mrs. Parks' ideals while demonstrating academic skills, community involvement and economic need. Michigan seniors with a 2.5+ GPA can apply. Requires application, 200-300 word essay, and current transcript with ACT and/or SAT scores. Value - The Foundation awards approximately forty $2,000 non-renewable scholarships annually.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/1/2020 - Society of Women Engineers (SWE)-Detroit Section Scholarship: Female seniors planning to pursue an engineering degree at a university or college with a ABET accredited program. Requires a 3.0 minimum GPA, application form, official transcript, and essay. Application requires your counselor's signature. Application submission can be either postmarked mail or sent by email no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE ​3/1/2020 - The American Legion Auxiliary-Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship: Seniors must be daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion. Requires application, letters of recommendation, 1,000 word max essay on theme, statement about the military service (branch, dates of service, photo of discharge papers if available) of the qualifying family member, official transcript, copy of FAFSA Summary Report and Confirmation Page (or FAFSA Student Aid Report-SAR).​

Decision Based On:

Character/Leadership         25%

Essay/Application              25%

Financial Need                  25%

Academic Achievement       25%

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE ​3/1/2020 - The American Legion Auxiliary - Spirit of Youth Scholarship: Senior applicants must have been a Junior member of the ALA for 3 consecutive years and continue their membership to current year. Requires a 3.0 gpa, application, letters of recommendation, 1,000 word max essay on theme, official transcript, copy of FAFSA Summary Report and Confirmation Page (or FAFSA Student Aid Report-SAR). Valued at $5,000 annually over 4 years, conditions apply.​

Decision Based On:

Character/Leadership      30%

Essay/Application           30%

Academic Achievement    40%

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE  ​3/5/2020 - Sonoco Protective Solutions (Owosso Design Center) Scholarship: This renewable scholarship is for seniors who are dependents of qualified Sonoco employees of U.S. domestic facilities. Dependent children, stepchildren and legal wards of active, retired, disabled or deceased Company employees are eligible to apply, except children of officers of the Company. Employees/parents must have at least one year of continuous, full-time employment with the Company as of January 1 of the year the scholarship is to be awarded. Retired, disabled or deceased employees must have had one year of continuous full-time employment with the Company immediately prior to their retirement, disability or death. Submitter will provide (1) transcript, (2) SAT and/or ACT score sheet, (3) personal statement, (4) two individual (non-family member) recommenders to submit online form, and (5) 2018 gross household income. Value amount unknown, but opportunity is historically around per $2,000/yr and renewable.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/13/2020 - Michigan Career Placement Association (MCPA) 3 x Work-Based Learning (WBL) Scholarships: Seniors enrolled in the Work-Based Learning program can apply. Submit application with support of SRESD Transition Coordinator, Christine Ebner (or) OHS Special Education Department Chair, Janelle Perkins. Graduating senior must be currently enrolled in one of the following WBL programs: (1) Career Technical Education (CTE) WBL, (2) non-CTE WBL or (3) Special Education WBL programming. Application requires a resume, reference names, transcript, work-based learning letter of recommendation, photo, and application form. Valued at $1,000 for each category. Valued at $1000 each. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE ​3/15/2020 - Capitol Area Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship: Students (under age 24) who are children of an active-duty, reserve, (or) National Guard parent who died on active service (or) children of severely wounded in the line of duty since September 2001 (as defined as Traumatic SGLI) are eligible to apply. Requires registration on the MOAA Scholarship Fund's Educational Assistance Programs prior to applying. Qualified students are selected on a basis of their scholastic ability, activities, and financial need. Valued ranged between $250 to $1,250. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE ​3/15/2020 - PFCU McCrumb Scholarship: Seniors with a 3.0+ gpa, involved in the community, and known for their excellent character, can apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is based on Citizenship, Attitude and Economics. Requires application, recommendation letters, and a 500 word or less essay. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/15/2020 - The American Legion Auxiliary-Department of Michigan Medical Career Scholarship: ​Seniors that apply must be seeking a medical career within the State of Michigan, as well as meet the specific criteria as daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, sons, grandsons, great-grandsons, of honorably discharged or deceased men or women veterans (see application for veteran details). Requires copy of veteran's discharge papers (review application for instructions on how to acquire such documents), letters of recommendation, transcript, Income Tax 1040 for previous year or FAFSA completion summary. Valued at $500.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/15/2020 - Michigan Realters Association (MRA) Scholarship: Applicant's parent must be employed at a business that is a member of MRA. To find out if you qualify, call MRA's Rachel Schrauben at (800) 366-3699 or email at Awards are not based on financial need. 24 individual scholarships ranging from $1,000-$1,500 each. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/20/2020 - AAA American Auto Association (AAA) Michigan's School Safety Patrol Scholarship: Seniors who served as a AAA School Safety Patrol member in Michigan, are in good academic standing, have a strong record of participation in the community and extra-curricular activities, has a 3.0 GPA or better, at least a score of 21 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT, may apply. Valued at $1,000. Submit to Mrs. Pilon in the SSC by 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2020: she will finalize the application, postmark and mail by the AAA deadline.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/22/19 (not yet renewed for 2020) - Memorial Healthcare Foundation-Senior Scholarship Program: Seniors pursuing studies in select health care disciplines can apply. Requires strict guidelines when preparing scholarship application packet, essay, and recommendations. Official transcript required. Valued at $1,000.  

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/27/2020 - CASE Credit Union-Chubb Hayes Feeman Scholarship: Seniors may apply for this scholarship, based on of following: academic achievement, community involvement, school activities, awards and honors, recommendations, and an essay on financial literacy initiatives. Valued at $1,000 and seven scholarships will be awarded. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/31/2020 - Lansing Federal Credit Union (LAFCU)-"Write to Educate" Essay Scholarship: Seniors planning to attend Lansing Community College or Baker College in Owosso in fall 2019 should apply. The essay should describe: (1) how you have demonstrated leadership ability in and out of school; and (2) how you plan to grow as a leader. Scholarship valued at $2,500 to the winner, along with a $500 donation to one of the following charities: Shiawassee Hope, Habitat for Humanity Capital Region, or Haven House.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/31/2020 -  Murtle’s Handmade Chocolates of Owosso Scholarship: Seniors may apply using the linked fillable PDF application, 250 word goal related essay, and 3 teacher recommendation letters. Valued at $500. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 3/31/2020 - Thurgood Marshall Scholarship: Seniors planning to pursue a degree in a Criminal Justice field and can demonstrate a 3.0 GPA and financial need including parent sharing income documentation.  Senior is required to submit an application, transcript, college acceptance letter, in addition to a 1,000 word essay about your pursuit of a career in Criminal Justice, your personal hardships, lack of opportunity, and need for the scholarship. Valued at $2,000. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/1/2020 - Clio Cast and Crew-Krause and Kolkman Memorial Scholarship: Seniors accepted into an artistic program in a post-secondary school. Requires application, letter of recommendation (see application for details), transcript, essay about performance and/or technician experience and goal. Valued at $1,000.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/1/2020 - Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) College Scholarship: This is specifically for 21 seniors. To be eligible, the student applicant or a parent or guardian must work at a business that is a member of MRA. Applications preferred online. To find out if a business is a MRA member, or to request a paper copy, contact Mrs. Schrauben, (800) 366-3699 ext. 346.  Paper copy request deadline is March 15th. Valued between $1,000-$1,500. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/1/2020 - Shiawassee Area Writers: Seniors may apply that are interested in a writing-related field of study. Requires the application; reference letter from a writing-teacher (which can be an English, Creative Writing, Journalism, or Yearbook teacher/advisor); a 2,500 maximum word essay, short story, newspaper article, or poem regarding a spring theme of your choice; and a senior year photo. Valued at $250. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/10/2020 - Worldstudio American Institute of Graphic Art Scholarship (AIGA): Seniors who are (1) social and environmental responsibility-cultural awareness minded AND (2) majoring in and pursuing a degree in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design/motion graphics, and photography should apply. Requires proof of 2.0 or higher GPA, financial need, max 600 word written "statement of purpose", brief autobiography explaining how your experiences have influenced your creative work and your career plans, and how you see yourself in the future as a creator contributing to the community at large. Value ranges from $2,000-$5,000 per award. Some honorable mention awards will also be given and valued at $500 each award. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/10/2020 - Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP)-Michigan Law Enforcement Educational Fund (MLEEF) Youth Scholarship Award: The application process requires OHS to narrow applications down to one (1) applicant to continue on and be submitted by OHS to the MACP for further consideration. In order for Mrs. Pilon to meet the mailing deadline, all applicants must submit their application by email to her at This scholarship is valued at approximately $2,000. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/15/2020 - Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship Program: Seniors pursuing post-secondary career or technical education at a community college. Requires up-loadable transcript (order on OHS-Parchment portal) demonstration of critical financial need through FAFSA (copy of Student Aid Report/SAR), community involvement in service activities, display of integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. ​

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/24/2020 - Tom Giberson Scholarship: Seniors may apply who've attended OHS for at least 3 years and on track to graduate from OHS. Requires a 2.0 GPA or higher and planning to attend a two or four year college or vocational school. This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Tom Giberson, OHS class of 1964, golf enthusiast, and long-time insurance agent in Owosso. Valued at $500. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/30/2020 - Flint Community Players Arts Scholarship: Seniors can apply who are planning to study arts, as a major or minor, at a post-secondary institution. This scholarship may be renewable depending on funding. This scholarship's purpose is to support, promote, encourage, and foster learning in the arts at the post-secondary level. Community spirit and Volunteerism are important aspects of this opportunity. Academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and community service are priority factors in the committees's decision. Requirements are to submit the application with a copy of your current transcript, proof of acceptance of enrollment at a post-secondary institution, two-page biographical goal-oriented letter, and one letter of recommendation. Note: Application link is a low-resolution PDF to print and fill out manually. Value unknown. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 4/30/2020 - Marine Corps League Scholarship-Harold R. Cooley #841 Detachment: Seniors may apply whose parents or grandparents are currently on active duty or who have served honorably in the United States Marine Corps or the Navy as an Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Corpsman. Applicants may attend a community college, university, or a technical school. Requires application that includes a list of honors, activities, and service along with your transcript. Value not yet determined. More: The Marine Corps League is a nonprofit auxiliary and the Harold R. Cooley #841 Detachment is dedicated to social welfare of it's member-Veterans and their families in the local community. Value not known at this time. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 5/1/2020 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Flint Donald E. Lee Architecture Scholarship: Seniors in the Flint Chapter (Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee Counties) who are interested in pursuing an education and career in the field of architecture. Requires the application, official sealed transcript, copy of college acceptance letter, two letters of recommendation, one-page essay, list of academic and non-academic activities-achievements, community service, architecture/design event participation, and image submissions of works you've done that represent your artistic abilities (renderings, sketches, models, photographs, drafting, painting, sculptures, etc.) Valued at $2,000.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE DEADLINE 5/1/2020 - OPS John Schleider Educational Fund​: Seniors who can demonstrate the need for financial assistance for 2 or more years of college, may apply. Requires an application, minimum 2.5 or above GPA, honorable character (good citizenship), list of extra-curricular activities and leadership positions during high school, and 500 word essay sharing your goals and aspirations. Application is now available as fillable PDF including space for 500 words in essay section, or you can attach essay to application if desired. Submit application to Mrs. Pilon in the OHS SSC by 3:00 p.m., May 3rd. Scholarship value(s) are contingent on how many recipients are chosen: 2 recipients = $600 scholarships each, or 1 recipient = $1,200 scholarship.

  • EXPIRED  DEADLINE 5/1/2020 - Michigan Association of College Admission Counseling (MACAC) Maggie Miller Scholarship (MACAC): As a MACAC Member high school, OHS seniors can apply who meet the following requirements: (1) 3.2+ GPA, (2) application, and (3) inspiration-themed essay or video. And financial need may also be a factor. Valued at $500+. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 5/1/2020 - Van Gilder Family Foundation Scholarship: Seniors with a full time 4 year degree and career focus, with honorable character and a 2.5 GPA or better may apply. Requires application, 140 character Tweet about your character, and 2 essays: (A) 400 word essay must answers the question of "how your life speaks about who you are and how has in influenced the person you have become." (B) 500 word essay must state your ambitions and how you plan to achieve them-as well as why you feel you are deserving of the scholarship. Email applications to Mrs. Pilon at Value at $2,500 each for two (2) Owosso High School seniors.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 5/8/2020 - Shiawassee County Chapter MARSP Scholarship (MI Assoc. of Retired School Personnel): Seniors accepted at a Michigan college may apply. Requires application, transcript and 3 letters of recommendation from teachers, a counselor or employer. Warning: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the emergency school closure, the recommendation letters from a teacher or counselor might be tricky. Teacher email addresses are available in PowerSchool and on the OHS website at Note: Application link is a low-resolution PDF to print and fill out manually. Valued at $1,000. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 5/15/2020 - Kiwanis Club of Owosso Scholarship: Seniors must complete the application and mail to committee chair by the deadline. There is no minimum GPA or transcript required to apply. Requires (1) application, (2) biographical sketch (community activities, achievements, goals) and (3) at least one reference letter. Two seniors will be chosen to receive $1,250 each. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 5/22/2020 - Michigan Foundation for Exceptional Children (MCEC): Seniors with a district verified disability  (IEP or 504 Plan) and financial need may apply. Requires the submission of an application, photograph, acceptance letter to post-secondary institution in Michigan that officially supports student's special needs, letters of recommendation, and a written or recorded essay (goals, educational plans, community service, and leadership skills). Granted up to $1,500 - funds can be used for transportation, special equipment, tutoring, and tuition.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 5/26/2020 - Owosso Rotary Club Scholarship: Seniors may apply. Requires a 500 words essay that reflects the Rotary 4-way test: "Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it promote goodwill and friendship?" Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Two winners will be chosen. Valued at $600 each. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINES 5/28/2020 - Ayn Rand Essay Contests: Two contests, same deadline, for 8th, 9th & 10th graders, and one for 11th & 12th graders. One entry per student. Essay must consist of perfect punctuation and grammar with no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length. Value: 1st Place, $2,000, 1 Winner; 2nd Place, $250, 3 Winners; 3rd Place, $100, 5 Winners; Finalists, $25, 50 Winners.

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 6/1/2020 - Shiawassee County Farm Bureau Scholarship (SCFB): Seniors must be an active member in 4-H, FFA, or their family is a member of the Farm Bureau. Must be seeking a 2 to 4 year agricultural related degree, possess quality academics, leadership and community service. Requires application, recommendation letter, resume, and explanation for purpose and goals surrounding your intended college major. Valued at $1,000. 

  • EXPIRED DEADLINE 6/30/2020 - Delete Cyberbullying: Opportunity available to 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade students.  A 500 word or less essay is required that focuses on the theme question which focuses on creativity, content and a commitment to the cause of deleting cyberbullying.  Valued at $1,000, non-renewable.

  • DEADLINE 8/3/2020 - Energy Education for Michigan Scholarship: The Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) are committed to education. This scholarship is to ensure the knowledge, experience, and tools needed succeed and power Michigan. This scholarship requires 2.75+ GPA, enrollment in a Michigan college/university with a study affiliated with Michigan's Oil and Natural Gas Industry. Valued at $500, renewable.  

  • 2020 OFFER ON HOLD-PENDING FOLLOW UP - Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation Scholarship (Owosso Masonic Lodge 81) - Masonic membership or affiliation is NOT a requirement. Seniors planning to attend trade/vocational school or college next fall.  Requires application, official transcript with test scores, and 4 recommendation letters. Submission is by mail, to be received by the deadline. Value unknown.

  • 2020 OFFER ON HOLD-PENDING FOLLOW UP - Michigan Youth Livestock "Statewide" Scholarship: Seniors must be a youth exhibitor at a local, county, state-wide exhibition or state fair for a minimum of three years prior to the year of application. Requires application, 2 letters of recommendation, and transcript. Criteria for judging is: fair participation, leadership, volunteerism, and scholastic standing. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing agricultural or related fields of student. Valued up to $1,000 with the opportunity for additional consideration for awards up to $5,000 value.  

  • 2020 OFFER ON HOLD-PENDING FOLLOW UP - Owosso Sports Boosters: Senior-athletes should apply. This scholarship is merit and character based. Senior should have a history of sportsmanship and good team player characteristics. Submit to JoEllen Smith, OHS Athletic Office or mail to Owosso Sports Boosters (see application). Two seniors will be awarded $500 each. 

  • 2020 OFFER ON HOLD-PENDING FOLLOW UP - Shiawassee Conservation Association-Earl Davenport Memorial Scholarship: Seniors planning a career in conservation, related to fields such as wildlife preservation, outdoor education, naturalist, fisheries biologist, etc. may apply. Multiple awards valued at $1,000. 

  • 2020 OFFER ON HOLD-PENDING FOLLOW UP - TransCanada Pipeline-Community Investment Scholarship: Seniors may apply to any one of the categories: (1)Community Leaders- for students with a strong community leadership or volunteerism commitment benefiting their community, (2)Indigenous Legacy-Native American students pursuing post-secondary education, and (3)Trades-Students enrolling in a qualified trades program/institution (including mechanical, electrical, instrumental, welding, pip fitting, etc. Value range is $2,500-$10,000. 

  • 2020 OFFER CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC - Sam Duncan Scholarship: Seniors with physical disabilities with a goal to attend a post-secondary institution for the purpose of education or training may apply. Requires completed application, character reference letters, transcript, biographical statement (educational background, financial need, and other personal information), and a copy of the acceptance letter to an education or training institution.  Value not noted. *New Fillable Online PDF*


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